Pulaski Technical College's Theatre Department will present several performances of The Piano Lesson on April 26-28 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited seating.
Tickets are available from the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities on the college's Main campus in North Little Rock at 3000 West Scenic Drive. For more information, call the division office at (501) 812-2338.
Pulaski Technical College theatre instructor Sheila Glasscock will direct the play, written by August Wilson, who won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize.
Set in Pittsburgh, the play looks at the displacement of African Americans from Mississippi who have migrated north without coming to terms with their southern past. The struggle is expressed through a brother and a sister who fight over a piano that their great-grandfather carved for a white man. The brother and sister have jointly inherited the piano, which has exquisite carvings depicting the family's journey from Africa to living in slavery on a southern plantation. The play's resolution suggests that claiming and transforming the suffering of the past into cultural artistry is necessary before Americans can creatively and productively participate in the present.